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New Medicare Card Update from CMS

Posted on Friday, February 2, 2018 8:46 PM

New Medicare cards are going to be sent out with a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to replace the old Social Security Number Identifier.  The cards will be sent out in waves, based on geographic area and other factors. 

Beginning in October 2018, through the transition period, when providers submit a claim using a patient’s valid and active Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will return both the HICN and the MBI on every remittance advice.

During the transition period, which begins on April 1, 2018 and runs through December 31, 2019, either the HICN or MBI can be used and CMS will monitor the use of each to see how many providers are ready to use only MBIs by 2020. CMS will also monitor the transition and adjustment to the new MBIs to ensure their widespread adoption so that Medicare operations suffer no interruptions.

Source: NAHC Report


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